Digital Privacy

September 16, 2015
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For the past 12 years, people and organizations all over the country have been celebrating an important event each fall, one that is designed to make sure everyone has the tools needed to stay safe online. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) provides information and an increased understanding of the potential dangers of online activity.

But we don’t have to wait for October to begin taking a few simple steps to help...

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August 31, 2015
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We all have our go-to apps, whether they're for fitness tracking, social networking or playing fun games like Fruit Ninja.

But some of them, including popular kids games, are privacy offenders because they collect troves of data on users, including location and even gaining access to users' photos and text messages.

Find out which apps are the worst offenders in this infographic, put...

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August 4, 2015
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The back-to-school rush is on, with parents vying for the best options for school clothes, supplies and teacher assignments.

Don't let your child's identity get lost in the shuffle. Educational software programs are the latest rage in tracking behavior, performance and in classroom management.

Learn how to protect their personally identifiable information—and their reputation in years to come...

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June 29, 2015
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The debate over facial recognition software—which can involve identifying someone in a public place without his consent or knowledge—is intensifying. But stopping it might be as futile as trying to slow technological innovation itself.

A new report this week from the tech-research firm Tractica predicts that by...

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June 26, 2015
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If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you?

Fortunately, you can control who can find and contact you and see your posts on Facebook. That’s why it’s important that you understand your privacy options and actively manage them according to your personal...

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May 18, 2015
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For the first time, according to a recent study, criminal and state-sponsored hacks have surpassed human error as the leading cause of health care data breaches, and it could be costing the industry as much as $6 billion. With an average organization cost of $2.1 million per breach, the results of the study give rise...

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May 15, 2015
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Don’t be at ease: A Federal Trade Commission study found that military members are victims of ID theft at twice the normal rate. As deployments last longer, experts advise troops to put an active-duty alert on their accounts. Potential lenders will know that there’s the...

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May 15, 2015
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When we think of summer safety, we tend to think of our physical security first. Accidents at the pool or beach, exposure to sun or heat, and crimes in far-away places are big concerns. But as the temperature rises, it’s important to also keep identity protection at the top of the list.

What does summer have to do with identity theft? Everything. What makes summer so great—long, lazy days and a devil-may-care attitude—can leave...

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May 8, 2015
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A tough race: Protecting clients against risks associated with information technology system failures is a leading concern of the insurance industry, underwriters and brokers told risk managers at the RIMS 2015 Conference. Steve McGill, group president with Aon, an insurance and reinsurance brokerage based in the United Kingdom, said more companies offer cyber insurance. But the rapid rise of cyber threats may make it difficult for insurers to stay ahead of the curve. “...

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May 2, 2015
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Eight isn’t great: A class-action lawsuit says hackers had access to Premera Blue Cross systems for about eight months before they were detected. The insurance company said on March 17 that hackers might have gained access to the personal information of 11 million people, including names, dates of birth, Social...

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